The blackout that struck the UK on the 9th of August 2019 was a once in a decade event: a lightning strike causing near simultaneous drops in output from both a conventional gas power plant and the UK’s largest offshore windfarm.
This led to widespread blackouts and travel chaos in London as passengers were left stranded on depowered trains. It also raised conversations about the systems necessary for the stability of the UK’s power grid into the mainstream.
Open Energi has been actively working for over ten years helping the UK’s National Grid deploy the technology and software necessary to underpin a reliable renewable power network.
Our first podcast features insight from Dr Robyn Lucas, Open Energi’s Head of Data Science and Sebastian Blake, Head of Markets and Policy, as they discuss what made this blackout so important as a moment to reflect on the evolution of the UK’s power infrastructure, including:
- how systems designed to offer resilience to the grid responded (or failed to respond) to the blackout.
- how assets – like batteries – are managed through software to react to both changes in frequency and market prices.
- the most important lessons emerging from the blackout and subsequent investigations for everyone looking to help answer the UK’s future energy needs.